- The Patriots have won eighteen of the last twenty-three AFC East titles.
- Tom Brady’s passing numbers have seen a strong decline over the past four seasons.
- Sportsbooks still argue the Pats are the strong favorite to win the AFC East.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The New England Patriots have won 20 division championships in their history, including the last ten. Remove the 2008 season, where Tom Brady was injured in the season opener and the Patriots did not the AFC East, and the Pats have won every division title since 2003.
Success has been no stranger to the Kraft-Belichick-Brady combination, as the reigning Super Bowl Champions defied the critics again last year.
However, this year is different. For the first time since 2009, Rob Gronkowski is not on the roster.
Brady has been known to make targets out of unheard-of backs and receivers but the offensive talent is there more than ever with Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, Pro Bowler Demaryius Thomas, and first-round rookie N’Keal Harry as the main targets. However, the majority of their freedom will be taken away without a presence like Gronk in the middle.
Brady threw for over 10 interceptions last year for the first time since 2013. Aside from his 4-game-suspended 2016 season, Brady posted his lowest passing yardage total (4,355) since 2014, his lowest completion percentage (65.8) since 2015, his lowest touchdown total (29) since 2013, and his lowest passer rating (97.7) since 2014.
Brady is 41 years old and reaches 42 before the start of the NFL season. The same question remains that he has proven wrong many times in the past… does he have enough in the tank?
Here at USAOnlineSportsbooks, we think the tables are getting ready to turn and a new AFC East champion will be crowned.
Odds to Win AFC East, Per BetOnline
|New England Patriots||-400|
|New York Jets||+600|
Odds to Win AFC East, Per MyBookie
|New England Patriots||-500|
|New York Jets||+650|
Odds to Win AFC East, Per Bovada
|New England Patriots||-550|
|New York Jets||+650|
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The battle comes down between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills to vie for that top spot. The Miami Dolphins are in a continued state of rebuild and are projected to finish last amongst nearly every pundit and analyst.
When it comes to the Bills or Jets, it all comes down to the preference of the bettor. Do you go with the 1-game-playoff-experienced coach in Sean McDermott or Adam Gase? Do you go with the second-year quarterback in Josh Allen or Sam Darnold? Do you go with the perhaps out of shape Le’Veon Bell or the double dose of veterans in LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore?
Our pick? The New York Jets. The Jets strengthened their defensive line in the NFL Draft with their selection of Quinnen Williams and improved the middle of the field with Pro Bowler CJ Mosely. With six SEC players projected to start for their defense, it would not be hard to believe this team making a run in the division.
Taking the +650 at Bovada or MyBookie is a wise choice.